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Daily Archives: 23 July 2006
Just as an aside you might remember once in WDTPRS (on the Super oblata of the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Wanderer 7 February 2002) we discussed the placement of accents in Latin words and how they can change the meaning. The examples were derivatives of the verbs condio which gives us the word condÃƒÂtor (Ã¢â‚¬Å“picklerÃ¢â‚¬Â) and condo producing cÃƒÂ³nditor (Ã¢â‚¬Å“founderÃ¢â‚¬Â). We must be careful when singing St. AmbroseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s great hymn CÃƒÂ³nditor alme siderum not to misplace the accent in such a way that we are singing Ã¢â‚¬Å“O loving pickler of the starsÃ¢â‚¬Â rather than Ã¢â‚¬Å“creator of the starsÃ¢â‚¬Â. The connection? The clearest example showing the meaning of baptizÃƒÂ´ is a text from the Greek grammarian, poet and physician Nicander of Colophon (fl. II c. B.C., not to be confused with an epic poet Nicander son of Anaxagoras). The text is a recipe for making pickles in which Nicander uses both baptÃƒÂ´ and baptizÃƒÂ´. He says that to make a good pickle (I am not making this up) we must first Ã¢â‚¬Å“dipÃ¢â‚¬Â (baptÃƒÂ´) the veggie into boiling water and then Ã¢â‚¬Å“baptizeÃ¢â‚¬Â (baptizÃƒÂ´) it in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables. The first immersion is a preparatory stage while the second, the act of Ã¢â‚¬Å“baptisingÃ¢â‚¬Â the vegetable, produces the permanent change in which the vegetable is Ã¢â‚¬Å“imbuedÃ¢â‚¬Â with new properties.
In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we lovingly offer back to the Father in an unbloody way what was accomplished in a bloody way once for all time upon the Cross of our salvation. Christ, at the same time both Victim and Priest, who is the true actor in the Mass is offering Himself to the Father in a sacramental way. Sacramental reality is just as real as historical reality. In the Mass the Lord applies the fruits of His unrepeatable Sacrifice to us who are present and to those for whom Mass is being offered, living or dead. We are not trying to repeat the historic Sacrifice of Christ which took place at a specific moment in time. That is impossible and, in any event, unnecessary. ChristÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s work is perfectly accomplished already. What we do now we do because of ChristÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s command: we renew His Sacrifice in an unbloody and sacramental way. Holy Mass truly is the one and same Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, no less real than the event of 2000 years ago. Continue reading